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Yet another last-ditcher
on 10 June 2014
Following on the heels of Simon Schama's disgraceful history of Juda**m, which is effectively a full-blown attack on Enlightenment rationalism and a hymn to supernatural bigotry, here is another codger notorious for sacrificing reason for the sake of emotional rants, who here joins the fashion of old white men making a last ditch attempt to save religion.
(cf. "Like all of Scruton's books, it is beautifully written but he is frequently prepared to sacrifice some of the truth for a punchy sentence and will happily include large generalisations, or smooth over historical facts, to serve his argument." (from Amazon Review of 'Our Church' by 'Tiger', q.v.) )
Scruton, ex-editor of the far-right Salisbury Review, also recently penned a study of sexuality in which he managed to 'intuit', again without reasoning of any kind, that heterosexuals like himself were superior to everyone else. In this volume, sentimental twaddle sits comfortably with religious bigotry and unreason. And it is of course no coincidence that like Schama he has embraced the US academy,where so-called scholars can out themselves as supernaturalists without the inevitable ridicule which would attend them in the European intellectual climate.